Tuesday, September 2, 2014

eARC Review: The Gateway Through Which They Came by Heather Marie(Interview + Giveaway!)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Title: The Gateway Through Which They Came (The Gateway, #1)
Publication: August 25th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press
Format: eARC
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Publisher (Thanks CQP!)
Buy the Book: Amazon || Book Depository || B&N
To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves him with more questions than answers, he finds himself involved in something far more sinister and beyond his control. 

With the threat of the Dark Priest's resurrection, and his plan to summon his demon brothers from hell, Aiden is left to discover his identity before the Dark Priest's curse infecting his blood consumes him, and before the world as he knows it succumbs to the darkness of hell on earth.

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 Read the first chapter for THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME here: http://heathermarieya.com/first-chapt...

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 Please give Heather Marie, the author of The Gateway Through Which They Came,  a warm welcome on my blog! Thanks Heather for letting me interview you!

1. How long did it take you to write The Gateway Through Which They Came?

Since I did it during NaNoWriMo, I spent all of November 2012 writing Gateway. After that I don't even know how many drafts it took. It was A LOT. So it wasn't finally complete and ready to be published until February of this year, I do believe. It was a long journey with many changes, but they were so worth it. 

2. What's the best thing about writing The Gateway Through Which They Came?

Speaking from Aiden's POV. I truly love his character so much. He has a lot of heart and good intentions, but things keep throwing him for a loop, and I love to see how he overcomes those obstacles (even if I do make them incredibly difficult for him). 

3. In your next book, The Gateway of Light and Darkness, what can you offer us? (More action? More thrilling events?)

Definitely more action, but I can also say that there are so many twists & turns, you're not gonna know what hit ya! Gateway 2 was a bit more challenging to write because I didn't know exactly where I was going with it. But once things came together, I was practically giggling by the end. I freakin' love book two. LOVE. 

4. How does it feel now that you've published your book?

Fan-freakin'-tastic! Oh my gosh. It seriously didn't hit me until my launch party on August 30th. The crowd was insane, the line was never-ending (not that I'm complaining), and B&N called it one of their most successful signings ever. That was definitely the most incredible experience of my life. I never want this to end. So if there's ever a moment where you finally get slammed into the reality of 'I'm a published author' that would be it. 

5. What is your message to those people who are dreaming to be an author?

Never stop writing. Even on those days when you completely break down and swear it's time to give up, don't. I can't tell you how many times I lost it because I thought it was never going to happen. Seven or eight manuscripts later, it did. Be patient with yourself and your art. You got this.


The Gateway Through Which They Came is a debut novel from Heather Marie. This novel is indeed a masterpiece and Heather Marie is definitely a great writer. I can't wait to read her upcoming books.

The book was introduced as a Young Adult Supernatural and I love how the book really focused on the supernatural aspect. (I don't like it when a book is introduced as a supernatural blah, blah then it turned out it has more romance aspect than the supernatural aspect. JUST NO.) Though this book has a little bit of romance, I didn't found it annoying or too much. The romance was really sincere and heartwarming and trust me, the book wasn't full of romance so don't worry! It was filled with action and mystery! The other thing I love, aside from the action and mystery, is the true friendship between Aiden (the main character) and his best friends, Evan and Trevor. The story was told in a guy's perspective which is Aiden and I love reading his perspective. I adore female authors who can write a story beautifully in a guy's perspective. In my experience, I find it sooo hard to write things from a guy's mind but this book is different and well-written.

Aiden Ortiz is a Gateway, the one who sends Bleeders (AKA dead people) to the other side. At first, Aiden thought it was just a simple task but then as he discovers more about his identity, things got messier and harder. He's a teenager who is misunderstood by many people because of his gift. Some people may think it's great to have a gift but little did they know, that gift can may also be the reason for his life to end. Every characters came to life. Even though they're flawed, they seemed genuine. The mystery in this book kept me fascinated through every chapter. Every chapter is intense and thrilling! 

I enjoyed this book a lot and the whole concept fascinated me plus it's amazing, that's why I really love it. From the characters, plot, and writing style, I was really impressed! Everything about this book is amazing. This book is indeed fantastic, thrilling, and it will keep you reading until you won't realized it's already 12 midnight. 


1. You must be 13 or older, must have your parents permission.
2. Open to US residents only.
3. Ends on September 20th.

There will be two winners. Each winner will receive two bookmarks and two pins. If you have any questions, tweet me (@klfontalva) or email me! :)